Thursday, May 18, 2006

Increase page rank and visibility by using backlinks

How to increase your page rank by using backlinks? How to make your site more visible in search engines? Maybe you have seen lots of blogs that have long lists of links, but don’t receive a good page rank or rank high up in search engines. This is because they don’t study the right way to use backlinks. So today, I will share with you the right way to use backlinks to increase your page rank and make your blog ranked higher in search engines.

Try to get linked by these type of sites:-

1. Web site that has a high page rank. PR of 5 or 4 is a good enough for start

2. Older web site. Usually, they are more establish and thus, have a high page rank.

3. Web site that shows your link at the homepage. Main page usually has higher page rank than the page below it.

4. Web site that put your link high up on the page. This will make a search engine reads your link earlier and thus, more weight to the link.

5. Web site that features your link in their content. This will give you 2 benefits:- higher percentage of click-through and a good page rank as well as higher ranking in search engines.

6. Same as for optimizing keywords, if the link to your blog is stressed (bold, italic etc), it will give more weight to your site

7. Web site that is related to yours. For example, I will rather get a backlink from a PR 3 money and finance web site than get a backlink from a PR 7 adult website. I don’t want my blog to be penalized for that.

8. Last but not least, get a link from a government web site. That is the most powerful one that I ever know.

Try these by yourself and watch your blog grows. Good luck!

Lyme L.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Google Sitemap: Make your site index faster in Google

Google Sitemap is not a new thing to a webmaster. It is a tool that helps you to tell Google every time you make some updates to your blog. I just used Google Sitemap a few weeks ago but today, I just realized the way to make Google index my blog faster. I just get a little frustrated because Google have to take about 4 or 5 days to crawl my blog. Then, with some effort, I looked around and read the help file from Google on how to make Google index my site faster.

Adding a Sitemap

The first step is adding a sitemap of your blog. This can be done in a few simple steps. Just follow this order:-

1. Go to this link

2. In the box ‘add a site’, type in your blog’s URL. For example ‘’. After that you should receive a conformation like this:- Your site has been added to your account. Verify your ownership to view detailed statistics and errors for it.

3. Click ‘Add a Sitemap’. Choose ‘Add General Web Sitemap' and check all the box. Fill in the sitemap URL with your atom.xml URL. Atom.xml is your blog’s URL followed by /atom.xml (for bloggers only. Others can try searching for Google sitemap generator by using the search box above). For example, ‘’. Then, click ‘Add Web Sitemap

4. Click ‘Verify’. Choose ‘Add a META tag’ under the ‘choose verification method’. Add the META tag generated according to the instruction given. Then, check the box ‘I’ve added the META tag ….’. Click Verify.

Ping Google sitemap

This step will help your site index faster in Google. It will notify Google any updates occurred in your blog. This is how you can do it:-

Type this in your browser navigation bar:

For example: sitemap=

Then, you will get a conformation like this:-

Sitemap Notification Received

Your Sitemap has been successfully added to our list of Sitemaps to crawl. If this is the first time you are notifying Google about this Sitemap, please add it via so you can track its status. Please note that we do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear.

P.S. Do ping Google Sitemap every time you make an update to your blog. And please tell your friends about this blog if you find the content useful. Thanks!

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Fixed deposit and savings account

I always ask myself, should I use fixed deposit or savings account? Like this month, I have about $2000 sitting in my savings account which gives 7.35% interest. If I put the money into a fixed deposit account for one full month, I can earn 7.4%. And I can earn 7.45% if I put the money for 3 months. So, finally I’ve decided to invest $1700 into the fixed deposit. These are some reasons of why I did this.

1. I don’t have any plan to spend that money in one month time. Since semester break is about a month ahead, I think it is better for me to earn money by doing nothing.

2. I don’t want to accidentally overspend my money since I need it for my semester break. I already have a plan for my break; a road trip across the North Island of New Zealand. So, it will prevent me from reaching my money before the time comes.

3. The interest rate is higher. That means more return to my investment. At the end of this month, I should get $10.48 of interest instead of $10.41 if I just save my money in the savings account. It is just a small difference, but for me every cents counts.

4. I’m not choosing 3-month fixed deposit as I don’t have enough back up money. It is important to have some back up money, just for the sake of emergency. Last year, I have experienced this. My grandmother suddenly fell sick and I have to go back to Malaysia as soon as possible. So, I have to buy the airplane ticket although it was the peak time for traveling.

I hope I can continue to save my money using the fixed deposit in the future. Maybe I will go for 3 months after this. For those of you who are planning to use fixed deposit, this are some tips for you:-

1. If you are planning to spend your money soon, don’t use fixed deposit. Savings account is better for you.

2. Make sure you have some money sitting in your saving account. Don’t put all your money into fixed deposit. It’s dangerous!

3. Choose the period that suits you. Don’t be fooled by high interest because higher interest usually applied to longer period of deposit.

4. Find a bank that offer the highest interest for fixed deposit (If possible). But, make sure that you know that bank’s background and history.

Good luck!

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